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Night at the Museum - Awards Ceremony

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Venue: National Museum Cardiff

Audience: 250 Seated Cabaret Style

Awards Ceremony Night at the Museum

The Event

 There’s nothing like an awards ceremony on the agenda to get the creative juices flowing for the Drake AV Hire Team!


Especially those award ceremonies that are just a little bit different. After all, being inventive and creative is one of the key areas we are good at…. So, when the Institute of Water asked us to provide a proposal for an awards event in a museum based on the film “Night at the Museum” we just knew we had to get involved.

The Institute of Water (IW) is the only professional body dedicated to supporting the careers of people working in the Water Industry, they organise an annual awards ceremony recognising innovation in the water and sewage sector.


This year the prestigious Welsh Area Innovation Awards were held at the National Museum Cardiff. This was the 12th annual awards which brought together industry professionals from across Wales to celebrate the most innovative work over the past 12 months.


The theme for the awards was based on the blockbuster film “Night at the Museum” and was hosted by the well-known BBC Welsh radio and TV presenter Jason Mohammad. 

Jason Mohammed in front of lectern

 What did we do to make the awards “Extra Special”?


Firstly, we had time constraints and we knew whatever we installed had to be set up quickly and efficiently. Therefore, the most important consideration was to make sure everyone could hear and see properly. This was especially important due to the unusual shape of the floor space.


The main event was to be held in the entrance/ reception area of the museum and a bird’s eye view of the space reveals it is similar shape to a Celtic cross with a central circle and a hallway crossing through the circle to either side providing space for the event proceedings and the audience.


Visuals: For the circle area we suspended two large 12’ widescreens from the balcony and for each hallway we suspended an additional two 10’ widescreens. The projected images were high quality and high definition. This ensured the 250-person audience had a good view of the presentations.

Lighting:  Lighting effects transformed the venue from a museum by day to an exciting glamorous gala awards dinner by night. We took extra special care to highlight and accentuate the architecture of the unusual venue.


Moving lighting effects were used to announce winners and lighting patterns were used to light the diner’s tables. During the dinner the guests were entertained by singing waiters, which were spot lit during their performance.


Set and Stage: We produced and set up a large graphic 5m wide by 3m high, which was printed onto canvas. This was produced using the event theme, forming a backdrop for the awards.

AV for Awards in National Museum Cardiff

What they said...

"Drakes Audio Visual Ltd pulled out all the stops again this year for our 12th annual Institute of Water Innovation Awards Ceremony.

This year’s event ‘A Night at the Museum’, held at the National Museum, Cardiff, brought with it many challenges due to the use of the venue by the general public until 5pm and the unusual celtic cross layout of the hall. However, Drakes provided a total professional package setting up in record time, providing a sound system that was suitable for both the presenters and the audience, with lighting that created the perfect ambience for the prestigious setting.

The expert technicians certainly need a special mention as they were superb in managing the presentation and sound. Thanks to Drakes the whole ceremony had that glamorous prestigious feel and it was obvious all guests thoroughly enjoyed the evening."

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We can provide this and more...

A branded stage backdrop

Designer lectern with event graphic

Sound equipment with wired microphones at the lectern

Professional hand held microphones for the Q&A

Professional lapel radio microphones for the presenters

High definition projector

Laptop and back-up

Digital switcher to ensure smooth switching between video and PowerPoint presentations

Lighting effects to include LED up lighters for the backdrop and a small lighting conference kit to light presenters

Crew to set up and dismantle AV equipment


Here are a few more pics from the event...

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